Delta A320 at Minneapolis on Jun 10th 2012, turbulence causes serious injury

Last Update: October 23, 2015 / 20:38:30 GMT/Zulu time

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Date of incident
Jun 10, 2012


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Airbus A320

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A Delta Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N352NW performing flight DL-888 from Atlanta,GA to Minneapolis,MN (USA) with 150 people on board, was on approach to Minneapolis at about 20:58L (01:58Z Jun 11th), at that time Minneapolis Airport was under the influence of a massive thunderstorm cell. Approach Control characterized the cell to span more than 25nm and estimated the cell would take more than 30 minutes to move past the aerodrome, no aircraft had made it into Minneapolis in the last 5 minutes and many aircraft were diverting. N352NW entered a holding at FL210 but experienced turbulence causing a serious injury to one flight attendant. The crew decided to divert to Madison,WI where the aircraft landed safely about 25 minutes later. The injured was taken to a hospital.

The aircraft reached Minneapolis with a delay of about 3 hours.

The French BEA reported on Jun 20th 2012 that one cabin crew received a serious injury as result of turbulence, the NTSB is investigating the accident.

As of Jun 20th 2012 neither FAA in their preliminary reports nor the NTSB have yet released information on this accident.

In October 2015 the NTSB released their brief final report concluding the cause of the accident was:

Inadvertent encounter with convective turbulence while in descent.

The crew had received a forecast of turbulence during the descent into Minneapolis and therefore illuminated the fasten seat belt signs prior to commencing the descent. While descending and maneouvering to avoid weather and radar returns the aircraft encountered turbulence causing a flight attendant standing in the aft galley to lift off the floor and to be thrown back onto the floor, the flight attendant received a serious injury to his right ankle.

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 10, 2012


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Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator

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